Shop 'til You Drop

Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
Trip End Jun 15, 2007

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Imagine Tom Selleck's rubber chicken in Magnum PI.  That is what faced me the day that my friend Maysa took me to the butcher shop because I wanted some chicken to eat.  The details are not for family viewing but in a town where every shop is specialized, the poultry shop has just chickens and eggs.  The one I went to had refrigeration but even after I cooked it, all I could see was it's former self, hung up for everyone to see.
Maysa is the oldest daughter of the family I stayed with last time I was in Ramallah.  She is a senior at Beit Zeit University, north of Ramallah, and is majoring in business. She took me shopping and we traipsed all over the downtown of Ramallah in search of the items on my list.  We went down a dark alley into a very small, crowded version of Hobby Lobby to find some yarn so I could crochet, modern computer store for some supplies and groceries and bread and hand lotion and mouthwash, all from different stores.
We ended up in Angelo's, a Palestinian family restaurant with hearth baked pizza and lasagna, Middle East salads and bread, beef and chicken dishes plus kebobs!  I had the lasagna this time; the night before with Colin and Kathy South and Joyce's family, I had the chicken kebobs.   It's the perfect place to sit after a shopping expedition.  The words, "shop 'til you drop" take on new meaning when you follow a teenager through the streets of Ramallah, dodging cars and rain puddles and seeking shelter under the awning during the hail that came down.
I learning my way around a little and my leg muscles are getting a workout.  But I am so thankful that Maysa took me in hand and helped me find the things I needed in the maze that seems to be downtown Ramallah.
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